International Genetically Engineered Machine

iGEM Foundation

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration.

We are hiring an iGEM Design & Technology Team!

Update (Feb 22): The application is closed

We are building a new kind of iGEM and recruiting passionate iGEMers to create it with us. Join the team as tech staff, interns, and volunteers. Paid (part-time, full-time, intern) and volunteering positions are available. We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic people who want to make iGEM better. We strongly believe in hiring the right person, rather than the right combination of tech buzzwords, and all these positions include opportunities for you to learn as you go. Check out below for info on skills, roles and application.

In March 2020, we anticipated the changes our community needed - we hired a Director of Videos & Technology at iGEM HQ, and created the Video & Remote Technology (VRT) Committee. With a team of 15 volunteers, iGEM Alumni, we implemented many of the new ideas last year. The VRT Committee created our own video platform, iGEM Video Universe, introduced fresh and exciting deliverables - Project Promotion Videos and Team Presentation Videos - supported teams in creating and submitting 500 of them, advised us on remote event technology, and helped run the Opening Weekend Festival, Global Meetup, and the Virtual Giant Jamboree.

In 2021, we are expanding this initiative, and hiring new people to improve it. Creative Production in iGEM is the intersection of design, technology, and production. It thrives in the balance between worlds of art and technology - to imagine and build an innovative Jamboree experience and create exciting content. You will have a chance to work in a team of iGEMers from all around the world and get behind the scenes look at iGEM. We create the visual identity behind our content, build the software and hardware infrastructure behind the experience, and produce new iGEM content through videos and events.

Potential roles:

  • Web Developer
  • Backend Developer
  • Video Editor
  • Web/Graphic Designer
  • Event Manager
  • Media Consultant (in China)

Location: Remote

Possible Time Engagement:

  • Part time position (20h/week)
  • Full time position (40h/week)
  • Student Intern (10-15h/week)
  • Volunteer position (5-7h/week)

This will be decided depending on received applications. Part-time, full-time, and internship are paid positions.


  • Application deadline: 21 February
  • Follow Up: 22-27 February

  • Start date: March
  • Length: 10 months

  • Possible extension to 2022

Only iGEMers

You are part of this community and we want to give back to it. This is open to anyone with previous iGEM Experience: team members, judges, supervisors, advisors, mentors, committee members. Current team members (2021) are not eligible.

Global iGEMers

We are working entirely remotely, and it doesn't matter where you are. Last year taught us that we can still do amazing things - even remotely!

Passionate iGEMers

You are open-minded, ready to implement changes, forward-thinking and excited for new ideas! Especially interested in 2020 iGEMers.

Web Development

  • Mediawiki
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • JQuery
  • APIs

Video Editing

Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud Suite:

  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects (additional)
  • Illustrator

Web/Graphic Design

  • Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
  • Visual Design, UX

Backend Development

  • PHP
  • APIs
  • WebDev Languages
  • Servers
  • Databases, Perl, MySQL
  • APIs

Digital Media

Experience with different online platforms, video hosting, live streaming. We are specifically looking for iGEMers in China as media consultants.

(Online) Event Management

Organizational skills, logistics, fresh ideas for online events, experience attending virtual events and using Zoom and other platforms.

We have some specific roles in mind, but we're open to receiving applications from anyone who's participated in iGEM before and has interesting ideas to strengthen iGEM's programs from the technology side. We believe strongly in hiring the right people, not the right combination of keywords, and shaping the right role for you. Good applicants for any of these should also have independent ideas for how their work can help make iGEM better.

Web Developer

Creating new software infrastructure, developing event technology, supporting other software-related projects from iGEM Programs.

Backend Developer

Creating new software infrastructure, developing event technology, supporting other software-related projects from iGEM Programs.

Video Editor

Editing of all iGEM video materials, Creating educational videos with iGEM committees, video design of events, creating promotional videos, and supporting teams with advice.

Web/Graphic Designer

Designing web pages and promotional material, supporting After iGEM, iGEM EPIC, new iGEM programs, and events with design.

Event Manager

Planning, logistics, and management of iGEM Events: Workshops, Opening Weekend Festival, Global Meetup, Giant Jamboree, and other smaller events.

Media Consultant

Consult on availability of event technology, media, streaming, new platforms in China. Working closely with the team to assure good delivery of our content.

Nemanja Stijepovic

Director of Technology

iGEM Headquarters

Currently based in: Montenegro

Past iGEM Experiences: Team Bonn (2017 & 2018), Ambassador to Europe (2019), After iGEM Coordinator


nemanja [AT] igem [DOT] org

Fabio Maschi

Software Developer

iGEM Tech Team

Based in: Switzerland

Past iGEM Experiences: Team Paris Saclay (2014), Advisor in (2015 & 2016), Judge (2016-2020), VRT Committee (2020)


fabio [AT] igem [DOT] org